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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 4 September 1991
Time:06:11 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic GLF2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman American G-1159 Gulfstream II
Operating for:Conoco
Leased from:Du Pont de Numours and Co.
Registration: N204C
C/n / msn: 143
First flight: 1974
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 57 km S of Kota Kinabalu (   Malaysia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Tokyo-Narita Airport (NRT/RJAA), Japan
Destination airport:Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI/WBKK), Malaysia
Narrative:
The Gulfstream II jet operated on a flight from Tokyo, Japan to Jakarta, Indonesia. A refueling stop was planned at Kota Kinabalu Airport, Malaysia.
After passing the VJN VOR the crew were cleared to descend to 9500 feet. A further clearances was given to 6000 feet. After reporting 21 DME South of the airport, the flight was cleared down to 3000 feet. They were told to expect a clearance to turn finals for runway 02 after passing 4000 feet. At 06:10 UTC the crew reported at 4000 feet at 29 DME South of the airport. The controller then stated: "You are cleared to ... join final for runway zero two, descend to two thousand five hundred." This was the last contact with the flight.
One of the flight crew members then remarked: "We’re getting pretty close to the hills here." Shortly after deciding to initiate a climb, the aircraft impacted a 4100 feet high hill just below the top.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Tokyo-Narita Airport to Kota Kinabalu Airport as the crow flies is 4116 km (2573 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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